The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has criticised the Union government's move to draft guidelines for regulation of foreign educational institutions, arguing that since a Bill was pending in Parliament, this was a clear case of bypassing, and contempt of, Parliament.

The Left parties are opposed to the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010, maintaining that these universities would subvert the Indian system, skew salaries, take away faculty members from domestic universities and increase elitism in education, besides commercialising higher education.

In a statement here on Friday, the CPI(M) warned Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal against any such step. “On the contrary, those foreign-owned institutions operating in India, in violation of the law, must be proceeded against, and steps taken to prevent any further violation.”

On the eve of his visit to the U.S. to attend the Indo-US CEO Forum, the party said, Mr. Sibal was keen on finding a way of meeting U.S. educational institutions' demand for easy entry to India through liberalised UGC rules that did not require Parliament's assent.

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